Despite being very gifted, there are some performers who only very occasionally share their talent by doing club gigs.
Perhaps that’s because, like quirky iconic Folk songwriter Mose Scarlett (who, in addition to some festival appearances, normally does only one show a year for a big ticket price —and sells out venues like Hugh’s Room) they figure performing less frequently guarantees a better turnout. Or maybe there are other reasons.
Regardless of the rationale, it’s always worth taking note when artists like Jazz singer Lynda Covello and art-Rock songwriter Robbie Rox take to the stage. And as happenstance should have it, both are doing shows tonight and luckily the timing is such that if, like me, you have eclectic tastes, you can easily catch both.
Covello, who’s a bit of a “mystery woman” (lol) is sharing a gig with fellow chanteuse Ros Kindler tonight at 120 Diner (120 Church St.) backed by her Deep Dark Secrets Jazz ‘n’ Blues Band that for this show will include Alison Young on sax, Amanda Tosoff on keys and Carlie Howell on bass. Perhaps it’s the desire or need to recruit such in-demand A-level players that explains why she only gigs infrequently?
Lynda has an album of classic Jazz/Blues covers, Forever Torch, that’s all about misbegotten love; and given that the theme of the 6-8 p.m. show is “Singing Songs They Love” no doubt that will include at least a couple that also appear the disc. Cover is a suggested $10-20 pwyc donation, which I believe all goes to the performers.
Following that event you’ll have a full hour to make your way east out to the corner of Danforth Ave. and Linnsmore Crescent (steps from where the Greenwood subway lets out) to catch Robbie Rox and The Power Quintet at Linsmore Tavern for just $10 at the door starting at 9.
I’ve written many times about this enigmatic multi-dimensional iconoclastic performer who’s been a cult favourite for many decades now since first coming to notice as “Canada’s Frank Zappa”. And these days he’s particularly engaging at Linsmore Tavern in his East York home neighbourhood.
Robbi’s Power Quintet is aptly named, as all of the members have all-star musical pedigrees. Bass virtuoso Russ Boswell has played with Corey Hart, sax maestro Simon Wallis with Lighthouse, uber-versatile guitarist Sil Simone with Tom Cochrane, inventive keyboardist Rob Gusevs with Domenic Troiano, and veteran drummer Vito Rezza with Gino Vanelli —just to mention a few of the household names with which this stellar support group has appeared over long and illustrious careers.
Whether you catch either or both of these shows, I guarantee you’re in for a treat.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Friday, April 28, 2022
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*11am-1pm> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeats Sundays 3-5am & Wednesdays 6-8am)
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
*3-7> acoustic jam with John Hutt @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
*4-6> Hogtown Syncopators @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*5-8> Kensington Kitchen Party with host Kevin Jollimore of Sin City Boys, Kim Cadilla on bass & guest musicians @ Graffiti’s, 170 Baldwin St. ~Pop Rock with heart
*5-7> The Friends of Hugh Oliver @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Folk
*5:30> Jazz Generation; Melissa Smeets @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~Jazz
6> Bud First @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
6> David Celia @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~songwriter
6> Thunder Jack; Josh Smoke; All Nations Singers; Lisa Odjig @ NishDish, 690 Bloor St. W.
6:30> Bugaloo Squad @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7> Chords & Strings for Roots & Wings @ Revival, 783 College St.
7:30> Aurochs @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
7:30> Daryl Gray @ The Richmond Rogue, 284 Richmond St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
7:30> The Montrose Trio & Friends @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.
8> Terry Jones Trio; Glen Honblast opens @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~original Roots; pwyc
8> Dystentry; Incinerate; more @ Hard Luck Bar, 772 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
8> Patrick Brealey @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W. ~Country
8> Chronixx; Zinfence; Redemption @ Rebel, 11 Polson St. ~contemporary original; $
8> “Celebrating John Beckwith” @ Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 487 Bloor St. W.
8> Half Twin recording release for ep; Scott Goodwin; The Kents @ Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W. ~indie; $
8> Riff Raff @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St. ~contemporary original; $
6:30> fundraiser for SickKids Hospital with various acts @ Mod Club, 722 College St.
8:30> Sounds of the City showcase with acts no one can be bothered to name @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $
*8:30-12:30> All Star Band feat. Joe Bowden & Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues
8:30> Great North Battle bands showcase @ Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W. ~indie; $
9> Yeuzu Meuzu @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
9> PK & The Wreck @ Drums N Flats, 1980 Avenue Rd. ~Rock/Top 40; 0$
8> Tasha & The Sweet Talkers; Pin Up; High @ Cameron House (rear), 408 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Hair Turnbuckle feat. Rebecca Campbell & Ian de Souza @ Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. ~Jazz; $
9> Dilly Dally; Darlene Shrugg; Frigs @ The Silver Dollar, 486 Spadina Ave. ~indie; $
9> Tommy Youngsteen @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~tribute to Bruce Springsteen; $
9> “Save NTCR Shelter” benefit with many acts @ Stop, Drop & Roll, 300 College St. ~$
9> Chariots of the Gods; Shotgun Cure; Killborn; Challenge Accepted @ Coalition, 282 Augusta Ave. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
9-11:30> Christopher Simmons Trio @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $
9> Nick Maclean Quartet feat. Brownman Ali @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~Jazz; $
9:30> Civil Wray & Jessica Stuart; Alissa Vox Raw; Tom Preisler; The Dirty Fix @ Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E. ~indie; $5
9:30> North of 7 @ Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge St. ~Funk/Soul/R&B; $10
9:45> Dave Turner Quartet @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
9:45> Dee Dee & The Dirty Martinis @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~60s R&B 7-piece; $
10> Brady/Basset Duo (Shawn Brady & Hervé Basset) @ Hemingways, 142 Cumberland St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$
10> Dave Murphy Band @ Orbit Room, 480 College St. TO ~Rock/Funk/R&B; $
10> Jenie Thai @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen Street W.
10> Bieng Agiter; Snake River Redemption; Cadillac Blood @ Libertarian House, 235 Queen St. E. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $10
10> Material Men @ C’est What, 67 Front St. E. ~80s tribute; $
10-2> Mad City; Sleepy Mean; Scully & The Crossbones @ The Hideout, 423 College St. ~indie; $
10> Mike Billick Trio @ Bier Markt King, 600 King St. W. ~Pop Rock
9:30> Terrible & The Horribles recording release for debut album; guests Mr. Jr; Plaid on Flannel @ Bovine Sex Club, 542 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
10> Clocking In with Bill Kenny @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W.
10:30> Frankie Foo & The Yoyo Smugglers @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~Ska; 0$
11> Claude Kent @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade
416 - TORONTO EAST
*5-7> The Straight 8s @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E. ~rootsy Rockabilly
7-9> Blues & Trouble @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Blues/R&B; 0$
8> “Hirut Hoot” comedy night @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~comedy; $5
8> Ron Sexsmith @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~songwriter; $
8:30> T.love-35 Lat @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~contemporary original; $
9> Robbie Rox & The Power Quintet @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~original art Rock; $10
9> Chris Brown and Hadley & Boo with Stephen Stanley @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave.
9:30> Mr. Rick’s Rukusjuice @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Roots/Blues; 0$
9:30> Jagger Tanner Band @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E. ~Rock/Top 40 covers; $
9> Blues jam with special guest Frank Cosentino @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E. ~Blues-Rock
10:30> Lindsay Brohan @ Bier Markt Don Mills, 7 O’Neill Rd. ~Pop Rock
7:30> Brian Barlow Trio @ Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Rd. ~Jazz; min table charge
8> Signe Miranda’s Veranda recording release for “It’s Been So Long (Spead Out Our Wings)” single; Just Heart; Chick Jagger @ The Rockpile, 5555 Dundas St. W. ~original Pop Rock/Heart & Stones tributes; $20
9> Straight Shooter @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Boulevard W. ~Rock/Top 40/Blues
9:30> Harvest Moon @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Pop Rock/Top 40; $
10-2> The Pint of No Return @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Irish Rock/Celtic Rock; 0$
10> Chicken & Waffles @ Bier Markt Etobicoke, 199 North Queen St. ~Pop Rock
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
9:30> David Bacha Band @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave. ~classic Rock/Blues
9:30> Denis Martel @ Stone Cottage Pub, 3750 Kingston Rd. ~Pop Rock
5-7> Angie Hilts @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Roots
5-8> Elizabeth Martins Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
5> Blue Velvet; more @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
7> Riot Acts; Huge Cosmic; Burgundy @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~indie; $
7> Poetry Slam @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~spoken word; $7
*7-10> Les Petits Nouveaux @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~nu-Jazz trio
7:30> Bernadette Connors Duo @ Brazen Head Pub, 165 East Liberty St. ~Pop Rock
7:30> Scott Kemp Trio @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz; 0$
7:30> Catweazle open stage (7:30 sign up) with feature by Erik Sedore @ Roncesvalles United Church (Fireplace Lounge), 240 Roncesvalles Ave.
8> Acid Mothers Temple; Babylon @ The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $
8> The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. ~Soul/Motown covers; $
8:30> Belind Corpuz recording release; guest Emily Rockarts @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~Roots songwriter; $
9-1> Fraser Melvin Blues Band @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~original Blues
10> Tennessee Voodoo Coupe; The Crooked B @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~indie; $
9> Colleen Green; The Memories; Goodbye Honolulu; Bald Britney @ Smiling Buddha, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> The Exide; Field Trip @ Smiling Buddha Stage 2, 961 College St. ~indie; $
9> Arthur Renwick @ Dave’s On St. Clair, 730 St. Clair Ave. W. ~songwriter
9> Mama Motown; The Sorority @ Junction City Music Hall, 2907 Dundas St. W. ~Funk/Hip-Hop/Soul
9> Michael O’Grady @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Celtic Rock/Roots
9:30> Root Down Trio @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W.
9:30> The Reposadists & guest singer @ Reposado, 135 Ossington Ave. ~Jazz
10-2> Millwinders; Cliff Divers @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock; $
10> Marta Elena & Salsa Star @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Cuban Salsa; $15
10> Cody McMillan @ The Hole In The Wall, 2867 Dundas St. W.
7> acoustic Pop covers & originals @ Ernie’s Roadhouse, 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge
7-11> Sandy MacDonald & Sue Windover @ The Rabbid Fox, 56 Beech Ave., Cambridge ~Roots-Rock
7:30> “9 To 5 The Musical” @ River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St., Guelph ~musical theatre; $29
8> Russell Scott @ Silence, 46 Essex St., Guelph ~songwriter
8> Jesse Parent & Nick Barkley @ Monigram Coffee Roasters, 16 Ainslie St. S., Cambridge ~songwriters
8> Nessly; Young Lungs; Ramsay; Playhouse; Lukas; Dieumerci August; Banzu; Jerelle Fischer @ Maxwell’s, 35 University Ave. E., Waterloo ~indie; $25
8> John McKinley @ Lancaster Smokehouse, 574 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener
8> Spark of Brilliance @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
8> The O’Deadly’s @ Fionn MacCool’s Kitchener, 4287 King St. E., Kitchener ~Pop
8:30> Derek Hines Quartet @ The Jazz Room, 59 King St. N., Waterloo ~Jazz; $18
9-1> Maximum 60s @ Dstrct, 10 Wydham St. N., Guelph ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9> Blue Lobella & Friends @ Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10
*9-2> jam night @ The Cave, 105 Shade St., Cambridge
9> Yazgerz Farm @ The Fiddle & Firkin, 707 King St. E., Cambridge
9:30> Galley West @ Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph ~Country
9:30> Ally Howatt @ Stampede Corral, 248 Stirling Ave. S., Kitchener ~Country
9:30> Greg MacPherson and Figure Walking @ Van Gogh’s Ear Guelph, 10 Wyndham St. N., Guelph ~indie; $10
10> Del Bel and Odd Years @ eBar, 41 Quebec St., Guelph ~indie; $10
5> Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8-11:45> Jerome Tucker & The Drama Kings @ Harbour Street Fish Bar, 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood ~original Blues
8:30> Dean James @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
8:30> Adam Webster @ The Huron Club, 94 Pine St., Collingwood
9> No Pussyfooting; Goodnight Sunrise; Kitten Academy @ The Spill, 414 George St. N., Peterborough ~indie; $
9:30> Crytic Wisdom @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough ~original Rock; $
9:30> Ronnie Douglas Band @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie
10> Shawn Steinhart Trio @ Donaleigh’s Irish Public House, 28 Dunlop St. E., Barrie
*8-12> Karaoke with Rob MacArthur & Lorraine @ Royal Canadian Legion #322, 112 Hunt St., Ajax
9-1> PRJ @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Blues/R&B
9> Kris Barclay Band @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country
9> Room 237 @ The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
9:30> Skip Tracer @ The Edge, 250 Bayly St., Ajax ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10-2> Five Wheel Drive @ Whisky John’s, 843 King St. W., Oshawa ~Rock/Top 40 covers
10-2> The Spirits @ Ganaraska Hotel, 30 Ontario St., Port Hope ~Rock/Top 40 covers
7> Mountain & The Wood; Jesse Alcaron; Downturns; Wilson & The Cast Aways @ Red Door gallery, 69 Main St. S., Georgetown
8> Michael Kelly Cavan @ Shepherd’s Crook, 86 Main St. S., Georgetown
8:30> Bo Hendrie & The Roughnecks @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point
9> Screcched Inn @ Spot 1, 289 Rutherford Rd. S., Brampton ~Newfie Rock
9-12:30> The Tone Dogs @ Uncorked On Main, 72 Main St. S., Georgetown ~Texas Blues-Rock
9:30> Afterglow @ Jake’s Boathouse Brampton, 59 First Gulf Rd., Brampton ~Pop Rock
9:30> The Grady Brothers @ St. George Pub, 7 Main St. N., Georgetown ~Celtic Rock
*9:30> open mic @ Big Daddy’s, 460 Elgin Mills Rd., E, Richmond Hill
10> Synsonic @ Aw Shucks, 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ~Pop Rock
10>Tres Hombres @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown ~ZZ Top tribute; $5
6:30> East Coast Kitchen Party @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton
8> Aubrey Wilson Quartet @ Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton ~Jazz; $10
8> Chris Chambers @ Vicar’s Vice, 2251 Rymal Rd. E., Hamilton/Stoney Creek
9> Harte & Mazure featuring Elana Harte @ Firths Celtic Pub, 543 Upper James St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals
9> Pistol Packin’ Preachers @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~indie; $6
9> White Cowbell Oklahoma @ The Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~Rockabilly/Country/Roots-Rock; $
9:15> The Old Winos & guest Shelly Coopersmith @ The Old Winery Restaurant, 2228 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-On-The-Lake
9:30> Los Chukos & guests @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton ~indie; $
9:30> Rat-Rod @ The Gladstone Hamilton, 1385 Main St. E., Hamilton ~classic Rock
9:30> Nezqwik; Flat 5; Jackie McBrian @ Stonewalls Hamilton, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~indie; $10
10> Rob Kirkham & Neon Rain @ End Zone Bar, 1900 King St. E., Hamilton ~Country
10> Lance Eckensweiller @ Cat N Fiddle Hamilton, 174 John St., S., Hamilton
10:45> Brothers du Monde @ Gallagher’s Bar, 117 John St., Hamilton
*5> Adam Ostrosser & Joel Guenther @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Pop
*6-9> Maxine Young Duo @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
7> Chantal Chamberland @ Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington
8-11:30> James Clark Jones @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington
9> Patrick Ballantyne & The Oh Chays @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville ~Roots-Rock; $10
9> Duelling Pianos @ Dymond’s Social Kitchen, 4155 Fairview St., Burlington
9> Bon Jovi Forever @ Gator Ted’s, 1505 Guelph Line, Burlington ~Pop Rock ~tribute to Bon Jovi
9:30> Kenny V @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock/Top 40
9:30> Strictly Sabbath @ Boston Manor, 4460 Fairview Ave., Burlington ~tribute to Black Sabbath; $
9:30> Taxi @ Jersey’s Bar, 1450 Headon Rd., Burlington ~Rock/Top 40
9:30> The Marlas @ Black Swan Pub Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington ~Pop Rock
10-2> Elton Joan @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~tribute to Elton John; $
10> The Failsafes @ Bier Markt Mississauga, 55 City Centre Drive, Mississauga ~Pop Rock
10:30> Empty Hour @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington ~Pop Rock
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